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Publisher's Summary

From the award-winning novelist and short story writer Lionel Shriver comes a literary gem, a story about love and the power of a gift.

When Weston Babansky receives an extravagant engagement present from his best friend (and old flame), Jillian Frisk, he doesn't quite know what to make of it - or how to get it past his fiancée. Especially as it's a massive, handmade, intensely personal sculpture that they'd have to live with forever.

As the argument rages about whether Jillian's gift was an act of pure platonic generosity or something more insidious, battle lines are drawn....

Can men and women ever be friends? Just friends?

Described by the Sunday Times as 'a brilliant writer' with 'a strong, clear and strangely seductive voice', Lionel Shriver has written a glittering examination of friendship, ownership and the conditions of love.

©2017 Lionel Shriver (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"As ever, Shriver cuts close to the bone...Distinctly chilling." (Independent)
"Shriver is fast becoming the go-to novelist for some of the big issues...breezy, mordantly comic...if the test of a futuristic novel is its eerie proximity to the present, this passes with flying colours." (Daily Mail)
"Impressively sweeping...Shriver's intelligence, mordant humour and vicious leaps of imagination all combine to make this a novel that is as unsettling as it is entertaining in its portrait of the cataclysmic unravelling of the American dream." (Financial Times)

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  • Jennifer McAnuff
  • 11-26-17

fantastic as usual from Lionel Shriver

loved it, highly recommended. Lionel Shriver is so good at really getting into the detail of human interactions and agendas.